This post contains affiliate links.  Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston has excellent reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, so I was excited to read it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the book lived up to the hype.

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E K Johnston

About Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

The story follows Hermione Winters, an upcoming high school senior in a small, Canadian town.  Hermione is a cheerleader, which is the only important sport in her small town.  The story starts when she and the 17 other cheerleaders (including 6 boys) are at cheer camp for two weeks.

After page 40, the main event of the story occurs–Hermione is handed a drink while at a dance at cheer camp.  The drink has been spiked; Hermione is raped and left unconscious at the lake.

I expected the book to really pick up in pace at this point, but Hermione is well-adjusted and able to handle the attack without much difficulty.  After awhile, I simply kept reading the book just to see who the perpetrator was.

My Thoughts on the Book

The first 40 pages of this book were excruciating for me because they simply covered the drama of cheer camp.   I was never a cheerleader in high school; I wasn’t friends with cheerleaders, and this world is something that doesn’t interest me at all.  Still, I kept reading because I knew the book was supposed to be good.

This book felt to me like the author had an agenda and just wanted to get through a check list of what might happen after this type of attack.  I didn’t find this book inspiring or riveting.

I give Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston 3 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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